The Color Run – The Happiest 5K on Earth!

I actually ran a 5K! Okay, so I did have to stop and walk once or twice, but not for long. I definitely ran at least three-fourths of it!

Before the run

The Color Run is unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and being a fun run rather than a timed race, I felt like it was the perfect event for my first attempt. There were six of us in our group and half of us ran and half of us walked the course.  I had been following the Couch to 5K plan over the summer, but I fell of the training wagon once vacation hit in September.  So, the fact that I was able to do this at all was a huge accomplishment!

After the run

I still can’t say I’m a runner, but I can say that it felt wonderful to move my body and finish the run.  I felt sassy in my neon and white and I didn’t feel out of place among the thousands of participants.  I don’t have an official bucket list, but if I did, I know I would have checked this off!

Being morbidly obese for so many years, the idea of running was laughable.  The idea of running was also painful, as my knee issues (torn and repaired ACL) often reared up if I did any real physical activity.  Let’s be honest, they reared if I walked up more than a flight of stairs at a time, which is only part of the reason I avoided doing that as much as possible.  Being so overweight made me unhappy but it also made me stagnant and lethargic.  It kept me on the couch because I was always tired- always drained.

As soon as the weight came off I had a renewed energy that seemed to come out of nowhere.  I’d get up to do things during commercial breaks and I’d be quick to run upstairs to get something that before I’d avoid unless absolutely necessary.  I don’t have to tell you which state of being I enjoy more!

I still have weight to lose and some days this bothers me and some days it doesn’t.  On a day like Sunday, when I felt good in my skin and proud of myself, those last 15 pounds didn’t matter at all.  Being healthy is much more than a number on the scale, and sometimes I need to remind myself of that along this journey.  I don’t want the number to creep up but I also don’t want to let it discourage me from living my life to the fullest and enjoying the victories I experience along the way.

I am a Color Runner!!!

-Written by Bettina M. Straight, Employee Engagement & Communications Consultant, LifeBridge Health, Human Resources

To schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained physicians and find out why LifeBridge Health is Baltimore's premier health care organization, call 410-601-WELL.

Print this entry

1 Response

  1. Laura Pearl
    Way to go Bettina!!! You are so right. Success is not in the numbers on the scale but in the continuance of the lifestyle changes you have made! Great JOB!!

Leave a comment

*

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

LinkedId

Instagram

Follow Me on Instagram
  • Thank you to make-up artist Owen O'Donnell for visiting ‪#SinaiHospital, brightening the day of patients receiving treatment in our infusion center and making them feel even more beautiful! Look for a story about Owen and his visit to Sinai in an upcoming edition of @baltimorestylemag. #makeupartist #makeup #Baltimore

    lifebridgehealth: "Thank you to make-up artist Owen O'Donnell for visiting ‪#SinaiHospital, brightening the day of patients receiving treatment in our infusion center and making them feel even more beautiful! Look for a story about Owen and his visit to Sinai in an upcoming edition of @baltimorestylemag. #makeupartist #makeup #Baltimore"
    9
    0
  • Did you know a #desk job can be hazardous to your #health? Instead of sitting all day, consider alternating standing and sitting at work. Take regular breaks and walk around to stretch your legs and back. #WisdomWednesday #Office #SpineHealth

    lifebridgehealth: "Did you know a #desk job can be hazardous to your #health? Instead of sitting all day, consider alternating standing and sitting at work. Take regular breaks and walk around to stretch your legs and back.  #WisdomWednesday #Office #SpineHealth"
    5
    0
  • Thank you to the member's of #NorthwestHospital's Center for Wound Care and Hyperbarics. This department, made up of individuals who are both professional and #compassionate, are trained and educated to care for people who develop #chronicwounds. #healthcare #LifeBridgeHealth #Maryland #Baltimore

    lifebridgehealth: "Thank you to the member's of #NorthwestHospital's Center for Wound Care and Hyperbarics. This department, made up of individuals who are both professional and #compassionate, are trained and educated to care for people who develop #chronicwounds. 
#healthcare #LifeBridgeHealth #Maryland #Baltimore"
    8
    0
  • #TeamLifeBridge was out in full force in red for #GoRedDay, a national initiative to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke in women. #GoRedWearRed #GoRedForWomen

    lifebridgehealth: "#TeamLifeBridge was out in full force in red for #GoRedDay, a national initiative to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke in women. #GoRedWearRed #GoRedForWomen"
    11
    0
  • #LifeBridgeHealth CEO Neil Meltzer is proud to #GoRedForWomen to support the prevention of heart disease and stroke. #GoRedWearRed #hearthealthy #womenshealth #❤️

    lifebridgehealth: "#LifeBridgeHealth CEO Neil Meltzer is proud to #GoRedForWomen to support the prevention of heart disease and stroke. #GoRedWearRed #hearthealthy #womenshealth #❤️"
    12
    0
  • It’s National Wear Red Day! In support of women’s heart health, members of #SinaiHospital were invited to enjoy a heartwarming cup of #hotchocolate this morning. #GoRedWearRed #hearthealthy #womenshealth #TeamLifeBridge

    lifebridgehealth: "It’s National Wear Red Day! In support of women’s heart health, members of #SinaiHospital were invited to enjoy a heartwarming cup of #hotchocolate this morning. #GoRedWearRed #hearthealthy #womenshealth #TeamLifeBridge"
    10
    1
  • At #LifeBridgeHealth, we are supporting the 'Talking Hands' initiative by spreading the message that '#WeCanICan' take action to help prevent and fight #cancer. #WorldCanerDay.

    lifebridgehealth: "At #LifeBridgeHealth, we are supporting the 'Talking Hands' initiative by spreading the message that '#WeCanICan' take action to help prevent and fight #cancer. #WorldCanerDay."
    6
    0
  • According to the #AmericanHeartAssociation, heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year. Make your #hearthealth a priority and schedule a prevention check-up today with one of our highly trained physicians by calling, 410.601.7133. ‪#‎WisdomWednesday ‪#‎GoRedWearRed #heart #womenshealth #heartmonth #gored

    lifebridgehealth: "According to the #AmericanHeartAssociation, heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year. Make your #hearthealth a priority and schedule a prevention check-up today with one of our highly trained physicians by calling, 410.601.7133. ‪#‎WisdomWednesday ‪#‎GoRedWearRed #heart #womenshealth #heartmonth #gored"
    8
    0
  • Get to know #TeamLifeBridge. Meet the members of the #oncology pharmacy at the Alvin & Lois Lapidus Cancer Institute. This diverse group of individuals is responsible for preparing infusions for children and adults at the outpatient infusion center of the #CancerInstitute. #cancer #LifeBridgeHealth

    lifebridgehealth: "Get to know #TeamLifeBridge. Meet the members of the #oncology pharmacy at the Alvin & Lois Lapidus Cancer Institute. This diverse group of individuals is responsible for preparing infusions for children and adults at the outpatient infusion center of the #CancerInstitute. #cancer #LifeBridgeHealth"
    8
    0
  • On behalf of ‪#‎NorthwestHospital's #breastcancer patients, their families and our employees, we’d like to greatly thank Motorcycle Club Five for their heartfelt generosity to help and support the members of our community who are undergoing treatment and recovery at the Herman & Walter Samuelson Breast Care Center. #MotorcycleClub #GiveBack #Healthcare #Cancer #LifeBridgeHealth

    lifebridgehealth: "On behalf of ‪#‎NorthwestHospital's #breastcancer patients, their families and our employees, we’d like to greatly thank Motorcycle Club Five for their heartfelt generosity to help and support the members of our community who are undergoing treatment and recovery at the Herman & Walter Samuelson Breast Care Center. #MotorcycleClub #GiveBack #Healthcare #Cancer #LifeBridgeHealth"
    11
    0